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Newbie - Why a smaller amp stacked on top of a larger one?

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Numbercruncher, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. Numbercruncher

    Numbercruncher Strat-Talker

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    Nov 28, 2017
    Spokane, WA
    I have seen this in so many Youtube videos. A smaller amplifier resting on top of a larger one. I figured one must be for playing a background/accompanying track but I really have no idea and if I should have one right now starting from scratch after way too many years away.

    Thanks.

    NC
     

  2. gibsonsmu

    gibsonsmu Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 16, 2015
    Texas
    Picture? It's probably just an amp head with speaker cabinet
     
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  3. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Sheffield, UK
    Because, if you put the larger one on top of the smaller one, it's likely to be unstable. :D

    Actual amps or amp heads standing on speaker cabinets?
     
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  4. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    amps come two ways...
    1. amp head with separate speaker cab .....the head is just the electronics with no speakers....
    2. the combo....electronics and speaker(s) all in one enclosure.

    heres the first one....
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    and heres the second one...
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  5. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Senior Stratmaster

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    They are likely just using it to elevate the smaller amp so it will project more. I used to play through two small 15 watt amps in stereo. I kept them at the same height and a bit apart to emphasize the stereo but I could have stacked them on top of each other too.
     

  6. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Some people also like to show off their gear and pile up lots of amps in the background of their videos.
     

  7. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Senior Stratmaster

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    Feb 8, 2011
    Raleigh NC
    I think he means like this guys. As in the two Mesa combos on the right side. We do this in my buddies studio. There is a Champ sitting on top of a Princeton.
    Mesa_Boogie_Amp_Collection_by_art-sarah[1].jpg
     
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  8. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    also, you may have seen two combos with one on top of the other.
    alot of people use two or more amps at the same time, and it just makes sense to put the smaller one on top of the larger one.
     

  9. Numbercruncher

    Numbercruncher Strat-Talker

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    Spokane, WA
    Thanks. I get the idea of the smaller lighter one on top.

    I didn't realize that many times the top amp was the control unit for the actual amp below. Missed that.

    I thought maybe the "top amp" was maybe to play a background track from an MP3, MP4 or whatever and the main amp was guitar only. This is such a common setup (two amps in general) that I figured it must be for one reason but clearly there are many. Stereo would make sense (to me) for music but not for just a single guitar but I am still on the steep learning curve.

    Good to know I don't have to buy any more gear yet, even though I enjoy doing just that.

    NC
     
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  10. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Apr 21, 2010
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    You only cheat & use mp3 backing tracks when you're supposed to be playing live if your name is Madonna...... o_O
     
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  11. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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  12. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Interesting you say that... My son and I are supposed to play a set of originals at an event in a couple of months. Our originals really would require 4 people to do a good job with them but there are only the two of us. Call me Madonna, will likely use some extra trackery to make it work.
     

  13. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    In future I shall call you Mad Donna. :cool:
     
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  14. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    All shall bow before my conical brassiere.
     

  15. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Go for it. We used sequenced bass and drums, sometimes keys for gigs. They turn up on time and don't get drunk. These days I would only need the computer, back then it meant carrying a lot of gear...:rolleyes:

    And we can call @stratman323 "Valerie". :p
     
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  16. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Conical or comical?
     

  17. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Apr 21, 2010
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    Just don't call me late for dinner. ;)
     

  18. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    I would assume both.
     
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  20. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
    Immortal

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